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Limit the number of chemicals you use frequently by switching to the best organic shampoos in Malaysia! Especially SLS! You can read more about this common unnatural ingredient in our guide below!

Yes, organic shampoos can be more expensive in Malaysia. But if you think about it, the cheaper conventional shampoos are not doing your hair (or scalp) any favors in the long term!

Who needs suspiciously long ingredient lists that are hard to understand, anyway? Still, you cannot trust every shampoo that claims to be organic or natural! See why in this post!

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What Is Organic Shampoo?

Unlike commercial shampoos, organic shampoos use natural ingredients to clean your hair without stripping away moisture! Or irritating your scalp!

But because the words “organic” and “natural” trigger a positive reaction in customers, many companies like take advantage of that and mislabel their products.

Even if the formula only has one or two natural ingredients! But if you look closely, the actual quantity of “natural” ingredients may be very little!

Organic Shampoos Vs Conventional Shampoos

Most of the time, conventional shampoos contain ingredients that do more damage than good:

Such ingredients (and their effects) include:

  • Alcohol – drying
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) – common surfactants (i.e. foaming agents) that clean grease and dirt effectively. But also strip away your hair’s natural oils!
  • Artificial fragrance (i.e. parfum) and/or coloring – potential skin irritants
  • Preservatives/ Parabens (i.e. ingredients that begin with propyl, ethyl, butyl, isobutyl or methyl)
  • Silicones – which make your hair appear smoother but don’t fix the underlying problem
  • Cocamide DEA – controversial ingredient used to “thicken” hair

However, it’s hard to ignore this fact:

Your average drugstore shampoo is normally much cheaper than an organic shampoo too!

What Should You Look For In An Organic Shampoo

Depending on what your scalp or hair needs, these are great ingredients to look out for:

  • Moisture – shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera, avocado oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil
  • Dandruff control – tea tree oil, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, lemongrass oil
  • Hair growth – coconut oil, aloe vera, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, Jamaican black castor oil, lavender oil, olive oil, avocado oil, saw palmetto extract (for men)
  • Volume – coconut oil, sunflower oil, almond oil
  • Sensitive scalp (soothing ingredients) – aloe vera, chamomile, green tea, oatmeal

Many of these ingredients are also used by organic skincare brands in Malaysia!

11 Best Natural Organic Shampoos In Malaysia 2023

  • Certified Organic Shampoo – Avalon Organics, Melvita, and Indochine 
  • Best For Sensitive Skin With No Fragrance – EcoStore Ultra Sensitive Shampoo
  • Best For Dandruff/ Oil Control – Petal Fresh Hair Rescue Ultimate Thickening Shampoo For Normal Hair
  • Best For Dry And Colored/ Damaged Hair – Dr. Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
  • Best For Volume – Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Therapy Thickening Shampoo
  • Best For Normal Scalp And Hair – Sukin Natural Balance Shampoo
  • Best Budget Organic Shampoo – Sukin, Petal Fresh, Common Ground & Moogoo

1. Common Ground Natural Shampoo

What we like about Common Ground Natural Shampoo is the short ingredient list. Plus, the list excludes SLS, silicone, alcohol and parabens.

Common Ground Natural Shampoo

As a bonus, the shampoo is vegan-friendly, Muslim-friendly, and cruelty-free (with certification from Leaping Bunny).

For those who care about ethical and sustainable practices, Common Ground features many ECOCERT ingredients for the formula of the Common Ground Natural Shampoo.

Avocado extracts may not be the top ingredient (as the name suggests), but the Common Ground Natural Shampoo doesn’t make hair oily or dry.

For a shampoo that doesn’t have SLS, it lathers well with just a small amount. There is less hair fall too. Hair is softer, manageable with some natural shine. And no greasy residue.

Moreover, the smell of the Common Ground Natural Shampoo is subtle but appealing (there is fragrance in this shampoo but the ingredients are all clearly listed).

It is suitable for sensitive scalps (e.g., eczema) though.

One thing you might not like is the packaging of the Common Ground Natural Shampoo. As it is not leak-proof (I.e., travel-friendly).

That said, there are more pros than cons for the Common Ground Natural Shampoo. And if the price does not bother you, you might want to check it out!

Note: While the formula of Common Ground Natural Shampoo is from Australia, the shampoo is made in Thailand.

  • Available Size: 200 or 500ml
  • Suitable For:
  • Key Ingredients: Avocado Oil Extract
  • Price: ~RM30 to 50

Pros:

  • Transparency with ingredients
  • No SLS, parabens, silicones or alcohol
  • Smells good
  • Cleans without drying out hair or leaving it greasy
  • Environmentally, Muslim and vegan friendly
  • Suits sensitive scalps too

Cons:

  • With fragrance
  • Packaging can leak from the top (not travel-friendly)

2. EcoStore Ultra Sensitive Shampoo

The EcoStore Ultra Sensitive Shampoo is certainly not the cheapest option in this list. The Common Ground Natural Shampoo is cheaper.

EcoStore Ultra Sensitive Shampoo

But the EcoStore Ultra Sensitive Shampoo is the only shampoo in this list that is fragrance-free.

Additionally, EcoStore Ultra Sensitive Shampoo has a short ingredient list. The soap-free and vegan shampoo leaves out parabens and silicones.

It’s a product of New Zealand too. And hence, made following strict environmental standards (ISO 14001:2015).

Despite being a gentle shampoo, it does a good job of cleaning excess oils from hair. Note that this is not a very moisturizing shampoo.

And some may not like that the EcoStore Ultra Sensitive Shampoo has barely any smell to it.

So if you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly shampoo that is suitable for sensitive skin (and an oily scalp), we would recommend the EcoStore Ultra Sensitive Shampoo as one of your options.

  • Available Size: 350ml
  • Suitable For: Sensitive Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Extract, Glycerin, Citric Acid..
  • Price: ~RM43

Pros:

  • With approval from Sensitive Choice®
  • Good clarifying shampoo
  • Biodegradable packaging
  • Great lather
  • Don’t need to use a lot
  • No fragrance

Cons:

  • Not moisturizing
  • Expensive

3. Moogoo Natural Milk Shampoo

If you’re a sucker for good-smelling shampoo but still want a formula that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin:

The MooGoo Natural Milk Shampoo might be what you’re looking for. It smells like oatmeal and vanilla.

Moogoo Natural Milk Shampoo

That said, the MooGoo Natural Milk Shampoo is not a fragrance-free shampoo. Unlike the EcoStore Ultra Sensitive Shampoo. So you should still test it out on a small patch of skin the first time you use it.

On another note, the formula of  MooGoo Natural Milk Shampoo contains piroctone olamine. Which treats common dandruff and fungal infections.

And there are 2 calming ingredients that are favorable for a irritable skin – allantoin and oatmeal.

Price-wise, the Common Ground Natural Shampoo is slight cheaper than MooGoo Natural Milk Shampoo. Both of these shampoos originate from Australia.

One last thing that we will say about the MooGoo Natural Milk Shampoo is that its clarifying power is not very strong. Especially if you have very oily hair/ scalp.

With all this in mind, the MooGoo Natural Milk Shampoo is pleasant to use but not for everyone. The fact that it has fragrance is something to be wary of since some people do experience further scalp irritation with the MooGoo Natural Milk Shampoo.

  • Available Size: 500ml
  • Suitable For: All ages;
  • Key Ingredients: Piroctone Olamine, Oatmeal
  • Price: ~RM59

Pros:

  • Free from silicones, SLS, and alcohol
  • Smells nice
  • For some, it’s effective on psoriasis and dandruff

Cons:

  • Not fragrance free (some people experience irritation)
  • Does not work as a clarifying shampoo

4. Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Therapy Thickening Shampoo

Vegan and cruelty-freeAvalon Organics from New York is one of the top organic shampoo brands you can find in Malaysia! That is certified by NSF!

The Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Therapy Thickening Shampoo also happens to be an organic shampoo for hair loss! Containing both biotin and saw palmetto extract!

Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Therapy Thickening Shampoo

While it smells nice, users are not impressed with the lather action (or lack of) that they get from this shampoo.

Nor is the shampoo particularly hydrating for dry hair. So you may want to use a conditioner afterwards.

However, if your scalp is not prone to oiliness and your hair is very fine:

It can add volume to it! According to some users!

  • Available Size: 414ml
  • Suitable For: For An Energized Scalp & Hair Loss
  • Key Ingredients: Biotin, Saw Palmetto Extract, Quinoa Protein, Vitamin E, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
  • Price: ~RM46

Pros:

  • No GMOs, no SLS, no phthalates
  • No synthetic colors or fragrances
  • Biodegradable
  • Subtle smell
  • Gentle on colored hair
  • Don’t have to use a lot
  • Hair looks thicker

Cons:

  • Contains alcohol
  • Not very moisturizing (might still need to apply the best hair serum in Malaysia)
  • Contains lemon peel oil (known skin irritant)
  • Doesn’t really help with reducing hair fall or promoting hair growth

5. Melvita Gentle Purifying Shampoo

Certified by Ecocert Greenlife, Melvita Gentle Purifying Shampoo is another recommended organic hair shampoo you can get in Malaysia! The presence of lemon oil gives the shampoo its clarifying ability!

Melvita Gentle Purifying Shampoo

While the rosemary oil improves blood circulation in your scalp! Hopefully triggering hair growth!

The texture is quite runny, so users advise caution when pumping the product out! It smells good and seems to resolve the problem of excess grease!

It is meant for oily scalp and hair after all!

  • Available Size: 200ml
  • Suitable For: For Oily Hair
  • Key Ingredients: Essential Oils Of Lemon And Rosemary, Lavender & Tilia Cordata Flower Water
  • Price: ~RM66

Pros:

  • Sulfate-free
  • Contains a gentle preservative alternative, sodium benzoate
  • Good oil control
  • Certified organic by a recognized third party
  • Bottle is transparent so you can see how much is left

Cons:

  • Lavender and lemon oil may irritate sensitive scalps

6. Dr. Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo

Dr. Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo from the UK is a natural shampoo in Malaysia that is formulated for dry hair. It gives your hair much needed shine and moisture without weighing it down!

Dr. Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo

And it smells nice! Some users find that their hair feels softer but it is light enough to suit natural curls! With no complaints about the shampoo’s ability to clean the scalp!

One user with colored hair mentioned that this shampoo caused minimal color fade. Another user said it helped to calm her itchy scalp!

  • Available Size: 265ml
  • Suitable For: For Dry Hair
  • Key Ingredients: Argan Oil, Glycerin, Aloe Leaf Juice, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract
  • Price: ~RM70

Pros:

  • No harsh chemicals, no GMOs, no synthetic colors
  • Paraben-free, SLS-free, silicone-free
  • Not tested on animals
  • Vegan
  • Easy on colored hair
  • Does not make hair feel heavy

Cons:

  • Quite pricy

7. Indochine Natural Tropical Sunrise Natural Shampoo (250ml)

Get the real deal with the Tropical Sunrise Natural Shampoo by Indochine Natural! It has a unique scent which combines wood and citrus notes.

Indochine Natural Tropical Sunrise Natural Shampoo (250ml)

And is made right in Penang! Using imported quality ingredients from all over the world – like the cedarwood oil from Morocco!

If you’re suffering from eczema on your scalp, you can try this shampoo as it did help one user with this condition!

For thick and dry hair types, this cleans without drying your hair further! Or leaving any sticky residue that makes your hair stiff!

Plus, users like the invigorating smell of the shampoo!

Note: You’ll have 20% off your first online purchase from their website as long as you sign up for their newsletter first!

  • Available Size: 250ml
  • Suitable For: All Hair Types (Normal To Oily)
  • Key Ingredients: Saponified Coconut Oil, Wild-Harvested Horsetail, Nettle Extracts, Vetiver Root And Pomegranate Kernel Oils And Essential Oils (E.G. Lemon Peel Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Cedarwood Oil, etc)
  • Price: RM65

Pros:

  • Hair feels softer
  • Smells great
  • Vegan
  • Certified (GMP and halal)
  • Lathers well
  • All natural ingredients

Cons:

  • Quite expensive

8. Sukin Natural Balance Shampoo

Sukin Natural Balance Shampoo is one of the best anti-dandruff shampoos that is clear and doesn’t have a strong artificial fragrance!

Sukin Natural Balance Shampoo

It leaves your hair soft and clean with good oil control too. And there are 2 sizes but even the 500ml will last you a while!

Other than smelling pleasantly distinct, users comment that it controls grease, and lets them go longer between washes!

Especially with the conditioner in the same range, this natural shampoo gives hair a shiny and soft quality! There was also one user that said it helped reduce her hair fall too.

Not bad for a daily shampoo if you don’t have any outlying scalp or hair concerns!

  • Available Size: 500ml, 1L
  • Suitable For: Normal Scalp
  • Key Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Baobab Seed Oil, Horsetail, Burdock Root Extract, Nettle Leaf Extract, Tangerine Peel Oil, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil & Lavender Oil, Vitamin E
  • Price: ~RM47.9, RM60

Pros:

  • Paraben-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free
  • Gentle enough for daily use
  • Able to clear scalp and hair from the build-up of hair products
  • Light scent
  • Creates a decent amount of lather for a natural shampoo
  • Relatively affordable

Cons:

  • Citrus peel oils and lavender oil may irritate sensitive skin
  • Some people don’t like the smell
  • Can be drying if you use too much

9. Original Sprout Natural Shampoo (Classic Shampoo)

Original Sprout Classic Shampoo has organic plant-based ingredients like rosemary, calendula and cranberry!

Original Sprout Natural Shampoo 975ml

The sulfate-free natural shampoo is family-friendly. By that, we mean it is gentle enough for babies and children! As well as dyed hair (it has a pH of 6.0 to 7.0).

It has a light and creamy consistency, is fragrant and doesn’t sting the eyes. So many users get it for their kids to use!

Curly hair types do well with this shampoo too. As it makes hair easier to brush. However, if you have thick long hair, you may go through this shampoo pretty fast!

  • Available Size: 946 ml (32oz), 354 ml (12oz) and 118 ml (4oz)
  • Suitable For: All Hair Types
  • Key Ingredients: Water With Extracts Of Organic Rosemary Leaf, Calendula Flower, Cranberry Fruit, Cucumber, Vegetable Glycerin
  • Price: RM210 (946ml), RM90 (354ml) and RM47 (118ml)

Pros:

  • 100% vegan
  • Makes hair soft, shiny and more manageable with less tangles
  • Smells nice without being overpowering

Cons:

  • Does not lather much (to be expected for natural shampoo)

10. Petal Fresh Hair Rescue Ultimate Thickening Shampoo For Normal Hair

We’ve put this product on several lists for the best shampoo Malaysia:

Because although it’s made in the USA and uses certified organic ingredients, it is still cost-friendly! The subtle smell is a plus in our books too!

Petal Fresh Hair Rescue Ultimate Thickening Shampoo

You may notice less hair fall and some growth too! Thanks to ingredients like biotin and saw palmetto fruit extract!

Like the Naturalite Organic Beauty Hair Fall Control Shampoo, this natural shampoo carries a refreshing minty scent too.

From our experience, it hardly lathers though. But can still keep dandruff and oil at bay!

Can’t say much about its hydration abilities either. It seems to be neutral in that aspect. Neither drying nor hydrating.

We did see some hair growing too but only months of daily use. If you have an oily scalp that is prone to dandruff, this could work for you!

Note: Certified by Irish-based Stellar Certification Services (accredited by USDA NOP, National Organic Program).

  • Available Size: 355ml
  • Suitable For: Normal Hair With Hair Loss
  • Key Ingredients: Biotin-B Complex, Caffeine, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Saw Palmetto Fruit Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Horsetail Extract, Shea Butter Extract, Kukui Seed Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Olive Fruit Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Marigold Flower Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Menthol (From Mint Oil), Caffeine (From Coffee Beans), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Biotin (Vitamin B7)
  • Price: ~RM25

Pros:

  • Vegan
  • Color safe
  • No parabens, sulfates, phthalates or colors added
  • No harsh preservatives or GMOs
  • Not expensive
  • Smells nice but not overpowering
  • Keeps dandruff and oil under control

Cons:

  • More suited to greasy hair than dry hair
  • Not super moisturizing
  • Very little lather

11. Greenology Hair Loss Solution Set

The Greenology Hair Loss Solution Set keeps grease at bay with a refreshing smell of lemon and peppermint! It seems to regenerate new hair too! Try it for at least 2 weeks!

Greenology Hair Loss Solution Set

It’s the apple stem cell scalp booster that is the true highlight of the set, with some users seeing baby hairs growing along their hairline!

However, the shampoo is not far behind. With its easy lather and pleasing scent! It leaves the scalp with a tingling sensation. And hair soft!

Note: There are two versions of the shampoo- Daily Moisture for normal to dry scalps and Scalp Balance for oily scalps!

  • Available Size: 480ml (Shampoo), 100ml (Scalp Booster)
  • Suitable For: Hair Loss, Dandruff, Oily & Itchy Scalp
  • Key Ingredients (Shampoo): Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Biotin, Nettle, Lemon, Peppermint
  • Key Ingredients (Scalp Booster): Apple Stem Cell, Biotin, Algae, Sage, Rosemary
  • Price: RM159

Pros:

  • SLES-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free, silicone-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Color-free
  • Oil control without drying out hair
  • Lathers well

Cons:

  • Contains ALS
  • Not cheap

12. The Olive Tree Rosemary & Mint Shampoo

It might be that new hair tonic you’re using:

Or it’s The Olive Tree Rosemary & Mint Shampoo that is leading to a decrease in hair fall! Whichever the case, this shampoo also relieves an itchy scalp and controls excess oil production.

The Olive Tree Rosemary & Mint Shampoo

Bonus? It does not make your hair look limp! Although, you may want to use it together with a conditioner because it is not very hydrating.

Many users do see less hairfall with this shampoo and one user who underwent chemotherapy even found that it helped with hair growth!

Note: If you are pregnant, you may not want to use this as the rosemary and peppermint essential oil may result in uterine contractions.

  • Available Size: 500ml
  • Suitable For: Thinning Hair With Non-oily Scalp, Itchy & Flaky Scalp
  • Key Ingredients: Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Olive Fruit Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Peppermint Oil, Chamomile Oil, Thyme Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Lavender Flower Extract, Pro-Vitamin B5, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Citric Acid, Macadamia Seed Oil
  • Price: RM92.9

Pros:

  • No palm oil (controversial ingredient due to loss or rainforests)
  • No parabens, no SLS & SLES, silicone-free
  • No harsh petrochemical
  • No synthetic fragrances
  • Minty feel and smell
  • Reduces dandruff
  • Mild fragrance
  • No artificial colors

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not very moisturizing

Comparison Table

Shampoo Amount (ml) Price (RM) RM per 100ml Origin Certified Fragrance Alcohol Silicones SLS
Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Therapy Thickening Shampoo 414 55 13.29 USA QAI to NSF/ANSI 305
EWG VERIFIED™
Citrus peel oils Yes No No
Melvita Gentle Purifying Shampoo 500 145 29.00 France ECOCERT GREENLIFE Citrus peel oils No No No
Dr. Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo 265 69 26.04 England No but claim to use certified suppliers Citrus peel oils Yes No No
Indochine Natural Tropical Sunrise Natural Shampoo  250 65 26.00 Malaysia GMP certified Citrus peel oils No No No
Sukin Natural Balance Shampoo 500 56 11.20 Australia No Citrus peel oils Yes No No
Original Sprout Natural Shampoo (Classic Shampoo) 946 175 18.50 USA No Parfum with Natural Extracts No No No
Petal Fresh Hair Rescue Ultimate Thickening Shampoo For Normal Hair 355 32.9 9.27 USA Irish-based Stellar Certification Services Essential oils No No No
Greenology Hair Loss Solution Set 580 159 27.41 Malaysia ECOCERT GREENLIFE COSMOS Approved Essential oils Yes No No
The Olive Tree Rosemary & Mint Shampoo 500 99.9 19.98 Australia No Citrus peel oils No No No
EcoStore Ultra Sensitive Shampoo 350 48.29 13.80 New Zealand Sensitive Choice® No Yes No No
Common Ground Natural Shampoo 500 49 9.80 Australia No Citrus peel oils Yes No No
Moogoo Natural Milk Shampoo 500 55 11.00 Australia No Oatmeal (Phthalate-Free) No No No

Caution On Buying Organic Shampoos In Malaysia

There are very few affordable and true organic shampoos available. Since the concept of SLS-free or sulfate-free shampoos is still quite new in Malaysia.

A good start if you cannot get your hands on a trustworthy organic shampoo:

Is to switch to shampoo without SLS, at least!

Certification Of Organic Shampoos

Third-party certification is a reliable way to know if an organic product is genuine.

  • ECOCERT – French organization primarily checking organic food products. If a product has this certification, it has been evaluated to be sustainably and naturally produced
  • NSF, National Sanitation Foundation – US non-profit organization that mainly checks food products for safety. As well as if a product really contains organic ingredients

Conclusion

Among this list of 11 best organic shampoos in Malaysia, most are great for oily scalps. A handful can help thin hair types by reducing hair loss or by making your hair look fuller!

For dry hair types, you may still want to use a hair oil or conditioner after washing your hair.

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Janice

Janice is the founder & editor for BestBuyGet.com. Wanted to be an author as a kid, got a D in English (First Language), but somehow now a content writer with an engineering background. Bakes, does yoga, plays the piano, reads, and most other introverted indoor hobbies. Also an active volunteer at Zero Waste Malaysia.